In both the US and Canadian elections this seems to be the major campaign strategy: Don’t mention the war. Argue about lipstick and hairstyles and who is allowed to participate in leader’s debates and puffins. Anything to avoid mentioning the war.
Becky pointed me in the direction of this brilliant article by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic. Lots of history and a terrifying conclusion. Even more frightening is the fact that John McCain himself thinks that his views on war will not win him this election. He’s not really talking about them. Why are his opponents not talking about them? Pro-Death. That’s what he is. The death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and possibly Iranians. And Americans in the process. But are the lives of Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans really worth less than American lives. And is this not worth debating.
At the same time, just before the election was called up here north of the border a study came out showing that most Canadians are not happy with the role our military is playing in Afghanistan. The only mention of the war that has been made so far is Stephen Harper trying to make a statement that will end the possibility of debate. Again, where is the opposition. We have more than 2 parties in this game. Where is the debate?